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248 FPTS



24 yrs


6'3'' / 217 lbs



Fifth-year option not picked up

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-03

The Jaguars didn't pick up Jones' fifth-year contract option, reports.

While Jacksonville picked up the fifth-year options of starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence and top running back Travis Etienne, the team elected not to do so with Jones, who the Patriots took 15th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. The decision wasn't surprising, given that the value of the Alabama product's option was $25.6 million, the same figure that applied to Lawrence. With the Jaguars, Michael DiRocco of ESPN notes that Jones -- who was obtained from New England in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick -- is slated to compete with C.J. Beathard to be the team's top backup signal caller in 2024 and potentially beyond. During his three-year stint with the Patriots, Jones drew 42 starts, but the 25-year-old's 2023 campaign wound up with him being benched after Week 12 in favor of Bailey Zappe.

Bound for Jacksonville

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-10

The Jaguars are expected to finalize a trade Sunday to acquire Jones from the Patriots in exchange for a future late-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The deal won't become official until the new league year begins Wednesday, but assuming Jones is able to pass a physical, the Jacksonville native will return to his hometown team heading into his fourth NFL season. Though he served as a 42-game starter over his first three seasons in New England, Jones slid to third on the depth chart by the end of the 2023 campaign and finished his tenure with the Patriots with a 66.1 percent completion rate for 6.8 yards per attempt and a 46:36 TD:INT. He'll give the Jaguars an experienced backup option behind Trevor Lawrence, who has thus far proven durable in his young career with just one missed game over three seasons. Expect the Jaguars to decline Jones' pricey fifth-year option on his rookie contract this spring, which will make the 25-year-old signal-caller eligible for free agency following the 2024 season.

Pats open to trade offers

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-08

New England is open to trading Jones and has engaged with discussions in teams around the league, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Patriots have been consistently rumored to be open to revamping the quarterback room this offseason, and Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports that the team has no intentions of picking up Jones' fifth-year option. Jones, a 2021 first-round pick, finished his third NFL season as a healthy scratch after being replaced by Bailey Zappe as New England's starter Week 13, ending the year with a mediocre 2,120 passing yards and 10:12 TD:INT. It's unclear whether Jones will have a significant trade market at this point, but there are enough questions marks at quarterback elsewhere in the league that some team should be willing to take a chance on the young signal-caller, even if they may not be willing to part too substantial of draft capital.

Logs 2,120 passing yards this season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-10

Jones finished the 2023 season with 2,120 passing yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 games.

Jones, who was supplanted as the Patriots' starting QB in Week 13 by Bailey Zappe, finished his third season as a pro as the inactive third QB in Week 18. Per Evan Lazar of the team's official site, the 2021 first-rounder is unlikely to have his fifth-year contract option picked up by New England. Beyond that, it remains to be seen if Jones will be given an opportunity to compete for the starting job in 2024, with Lazar suggesting that it's possible that the signal caller could be dealt this offseason and thus get a fresh start in a new locale.

Third QB on Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Jones was designated the Patriots'inactive third QB for Sunday's game against the Jets.

As a result, Nathan Rourke will serve as Bailey Zappe's top backup in the Patriots' season finale. Jones last saw game action in the team's Week 12 loss to the Giants.

Backs up Zappe in Week 13

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-04

Jones was active but didn't see any snaps in Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Chargers.

Heading into Week 13 action, Jones had started all 11 of the Patriots' games, but on Sunday it was Bailey Zappe who got the nod at QB. Given the results of the contest, it remains to be seen which signal-caller will handle the first snap Thursday night against the Steelers, but it would surprise us if coach Bill Belichick offered much clarity on the situation in the coming days.

Expected to give way to Zappe on Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-01

Though coach Bill Belichick hasn't confirmed the Patriots' Week 13 starting QB, Evan Lazar of the team's official site notes that all all signs still point to Bailey Zappe starting over Jones in Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Jones has started all 11 of the 2-9 Patriots' games to date this season, but he's been pulled early in four of those contests, including after halftime in the team's 10-7 loss to the Giants in Week 12. On Sunday, it appears as though the team plans to turn to Zappe, and in that context Jones is not a fantasy lineup option this weekend.

Could give way to Zappe

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-29

During the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Jones didn't make any throws, while Bailey Zappe logged multiple QB reps and was followed by practice squad member Malik Cunningham, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Coach Bill Belichick has declined to name a starting quarterback for this weekend's game against the Chargers. However, based on what transpired during the initial stages of Wednesday's practice, it looks like Zappe -- who replaced Jones after halftime during the Patriots' 10-7 loss to the Giants on Sunday -- could get the nod versus Los Angeles. Jones has started all 11 games for the 2-9 Patriots this season, but he's been pulled from four games in that span.

No word on Week 13 starter

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-29

Coach Bill Belichick declined Wednesday to name a starting QB for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald reports. Jones was replaced by Bailey Zappe after halftime during the Patriots' 10-7 loss to the Giants in Week 12.

Jones has started all 11 games for the Patriots this season, but after being pulled in favor of Zappe once again this past weekend, the team's signal-caller situation remains murky, as it was leading up to Week 12 action. Aside from Jones and Zappe -- who completed nine of 14 passes for 54 yards, no touchdowns and one interception versus New York -- Will Grier has agreed to join New England's practice squad, which already includes Malik Cunningham.

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